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About Mew

Mew - The ancient ancestor of all Pokemon

Mew is a genderless Psychic-type Pokemon, which is a fictional species from Nintendo's and Game Freak's media franchise of the same name. Just before its release in Japan, Game Freak programmer Shigeki Morimoto integrated Mew into Pokemon's first generation of video games, Red and Blue, as a prank among the staff. He intended for Mew to be a Pokemon that only Game Freak employees would know about and be able to obtain. However, a glitch allowed some players to encounter the secret Pokemon within the game. As such, Mew's presence has always been surrounded by rumors and myths which have certainly contributed to the franchise's success. For years, Mew's rarity was ensured by the inability to legitimately obtain one in the games, except at certain Pokemon distribution events.


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Mew is pale pink catlike Pokemon with large blue eyes and a long, thin tail that broadens at the end. Its skin is covered with a layer of short hair which can only be viewed under a microscope. An exceedingly rare Shiny version of Mew exists, which has light blue fur instead of pink. Its DNA combines the genetic composition of all existing Pokemon species and it is stated within the game that scientists view Mew as being the single ancestor of all other Pokemon. Because they tend to be extremely shy, Mew are rarely seen by humans and often assumed to be extinct. Though previously classified in non-Japanese media as a Legendary Pokemon alongside others such as Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, and Mewtwo, Mew is actually categorized as a Mythical Pokemon. Mew's number in the National Pokedex is 151, making it the last of the first-generation Pokemon.

The Pokemon just before Mew, number 150, is its genetic duplicate, Mewtwo. Although Mewtwo was cloned from Mew's DNA, the two differ significantly in terms of appearance as well as nature. Scientists' goal when creating Mewtwo was to push the limits of both physical and mental power. In comparison to Mew, Mewtwo is more calculating, cold-hearted and brutal. Due to this characterization, Mewtwo is seen as a villainous Pokemon whereas Mew is non-threatening and playful in contrast. Stat-wise, Mewtwo is tied with Rayquaza as the most powerful Pokemon in existence. However, Mew has the ability to learn any Pokemon move. The two battled it out in the 1999 blockbuster Pokemon: The First Movie, which ultimately focused on themes of friendship and harmony.

In 2016, Mew earned the number three spot on Pokemon's first ever popularity poll. First- and second-place winners were Greninja and Arceus respectively, meaning that Mew topped the fan favorite list for first-generation Pokemon. This mysterious and wise Pokemon has been featured on all different types of merchandise since the early days of the franchise and will likely continue to attract fans from around the world.